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CX-9 completes product blitz

New CX-9 has dropped the old-school V6 in favour of a hi-tech new 2.5-litre turbo from the SkyActiv family.

The roll-out of Mazda's Skyactiv technology has come full circle with an all-new CX-9. But the innovation won't stop there.

Fun-filled new cars

Mazda MX-5 gets automatic entry to any fun-to-drive cars list.

No supercars allowed in this handful of cars that make driving on a winding road a pure joy.

Freedom camping pressure nationwide

German freedom campers at Koromiko reserve. Gesa Stoever, left, Leon Obendorf, centre, and Emily Smirr, right

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association already owned, or leased 32 sites around the country but were keen to acquire more land, especially in Marlborough.

Chevy Tahoe deserves a NZ shot

Hunky-looking Tahoe body is basically a short-wheelbase Suburban. But still 5.1 metres long.

It's a shame that none of Holden new SUV models being sourced from all over the globe will be based on the Chevrolet Tahoe.

Ford 'Escapes' Kuga moniker

Kuga no more: new Escape adopts global naming strategy and latest corporate styling.

Forget about Kuga: Ford NZ's updated medium-SUV will be called Escape from December.

How to make a right-hook Ram video

Back together: it takes three days to hand-build a RHD Ram; ASV factory completes about 40 per month.

We take a peek inside the Australian factory that makes RHD Ram trucks for NZ. Just don't call it a ''conversion''.

Honda unveils new CR-V

The 2017 Honda CR-V.

Reborn SUV ready to tackle Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4.

Testing the supersized Superb video

Yes, the wheelbase really is that long. Good thing there's 206kW and 4WD to hustle it along.

The Skoda Superb is very traditional but hugely appealing, writes David Linklater.

Ford's 50-year climb to Everest

The Everest - introduced by Ford in 2016.

INTERACTIVE: How Ford turned a roofless and doorless "roadster" into a modern family of SUVs.

The attraction of Vitara traction

Plenty to identify the turbo model - special grille, black wheels - but nothing to say this is the 4WD version.

The Vitara isn't really an off-road vehicle. But get the 4WD model anyway, David Linklater says.

The ludicrous SUV convertible video

Land Rover claims this is the world's first "premium" SUV convertible. If you say so, chaps.

The idea's just weird but the execution's impressive with Range Rover's Evoque convertible.

Little bro steals Sorento's thunder

Kia's Sorento seven-seater remains the quiet achiever in the large-SUV segment - in quality, if not in sales.

Kia's large SUV isn't exactly a big deal in New Zealand. We reckon people are missing out.

Fat jokes out, digital age in video

Core all-terrain values remain, but new Discovery is more curvaceous (not difficult) and up to 480kg lighter.

Land Rover's traditional family off-roader goes from "cogs to code" for its fifth generation.

Pajero Sport settles a score

Same tippy-toes Pajero on the outside, but there's an extra two chairs on the inside.

The Diamond brand's rugged family SUV is now available with seven seats.

BMW plans electric X3 SUV and Mini models

Drive 2015 luxury compact SUV comparo - BMW X3 CREDIT: Mark Bean

BMW will offer all electric versions of its next generation X3 compact SUV and electric Mini models, expanding itself in the emerging luxury EV market.

F-Pace is in your face

It could all have gone so wrong, but Jaguar's sleek styling cues really work on the tall F-Pace SUV.

Jaguar could have blown it with the F-Pace SUV. It has in the 35t model, but only in a good (supercharged) way.

VW turns up the heat

Latest R-Line with 162kW is our first taste of Tiguan's performance aspirations.

The old Tiguan wasn't exactly sexy. The new one has to be, to succeed. Here's how it's happening.

A French, Japanese, Korean SUV

Renault Koleos is a medium-SUV that owes a lot to the Nissan X-Trail.

Don't worry about where the Koleos comes from - just enjoy the ride.

Skoda's pint-sized carry-all

Fabia wagon is a conservative-looking vehicle, which means it can't compete with small SUVs on appearances.

Skoda's Fabia wagon might be small on exterior dimensions, but it is big on performance and interior room.

Large and still in charge

New GLS more like a GL-facelift, but there are big tech advancements including a nine-speed transmission.

The GLS seven-seat SUV isn't as new as Mercedes would like you to think. But there's no denying the quality.

More than a mere facelift

New Colorado in Lees Valley: still high and mighty, but aspiring to be trendy too.

Holden's revised Colorado is still tough, but now comes with a hint of sex appeal.

All-paw Honda works hard

The "family" face of the Honda HR-V AWD.

All-wheel drive doesn't translate to extra grunt with this Honda.

NZ's most expensive SUVs

Bentayga shows that Bentley Boys' tastes have changed somewhat.

We take a look at the most expensive, luxurious and outright fast SUVs you can buy in New Zealand right now.

Big Jeep races aerobatic plane video

A Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT races the Silence Twister aerobatic aircraft at Blyton Park circuit in the UK.

Jeep pulled in air power for a publicity stunt aimed at showing off the agility and speed of its big SUV.

Automotive muscle enters NZ

The medium SUV from Mahindra - the XUV500 - has been completely overhauled.

Mahindra slipped in under the radar, but now it’s grabbing our attention.

City's first solar car charger

The Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire unveils Wellington's first solar-power electric vehicle charger ...

Two solar-power electric vehicle chargers are now available to the public in Wellington CBD, and they're free to use.

The SUV that incites the C-word

Haval H6 is already the fifth-best-selling SUV in the world, thanks solely to the size of the Chinese market.

First China, then the world: Haval wants to become an international brand and it's NZ-bound in 2017.

This ute peels back the lifestyle layers video

Powertrains remain the same, but Steed has more presence thanks to that giant grille.

Not so fast with all those flash utes: Great Wall is bringing its cut-price cargo-carrier back to NZ.

New Tiguan is very personable video

The new Volkswagen Tiguan, the second generation version of which has just been launched in New Zealand.

Volkswagen's bigger, better and more comprehensively equipped Tiguan SUV is now on sale in New Zealand.

200kmh free fall to test new app video

Bear Grylls jumps from an aircraft on his way to testing the Land Rover Discovery's seating app during a 200 kmh skydive.

Bear Grylls freefalls at 200kmph to test new vehicle tech for Land Rover

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